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Subject:Re: Inventing new words? From:Chuck Melikian <chuckm -at- MDHOST -dot- CSE -dot- TEK -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 7 May 1996 13:24:32 -0700
With respect to whether prepend is a word or not, it is a word.
But, it is jargon. It is, I think, a fair example of a language
growing and adapting. While append means to attach or affix (see
Webster's 10th Collegiate), in the realm of programming, append
means to insert additional data at the end of a file. The meaning of
append in programming is far more restricted than in general use.
(Files, in general, do not have a top, bottom or side to which
data can be attached. :-) )
Sometimes you might need to insert new data at the beginning of
a file, thus, prepend. Was it the best possible term that could
have been coined? Maybe not. After all, it was probably coined
by a computer scientist or mathmatician, not an English professor.
I've never seen prepend used in any context other than programming.
Within the realm of programming, it makes perfect sense. It serves
a useful purpose within a narrowly defined field. If you are not
writing about programming, you probably have no reason to use prepend.
If your audience is programmers, then they will know what you mean.
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